Comparing Draft Prospects to ProsPosted: March 20, 2013
NFL.com is currently featuring a very interesting on-going video series with Bucky Brooks comparing top draft prospects to current and past NFL players.
And a short breakdown:
USC QB Matt Barkley – ex-Jets/Dolphins QB Chad Pennington
Brooks compares the lack of arm strength as a big factor, but notes how Pennington did succeed in the NFL regardless.
BYU DE/OLB Ziggy Ansah – Giants DE Jason Pierre Paul
The lack of experience is a clear comparison here, but Brooks compares Ansah’s athleticism and burst as being reminiscnet of Pierre Paul coming out of South Florida.
West Virginia QB Geno Smith – Rams QB Sam Bradford
Brooks compares a potential franchise quarterback to a current franchise quarterback in Bradford. With similar arm strength, athleticism and pocket presence, Brooks claims Smith could be offensive rookie of the year in 2013.
Texas S Kenny Vaccaro – ex-Raiders/Packers CB/S Charles Woodson
Vaccaro’s ability to play both slot corner and cover safety–along with extreme flexibility–make Brooks think of Woodson. While he says not to expect the same production as a rookie, Vaccaro’s hard-hitting play style and solid coverage will do him well in the NFL.
Utah DT Star Lotulelei – Packers NT B.J. Raji
Brooks claims that Lotulelei is a play-maker in the middle similar to Raji. The similarities include athleticism for Lotulelei’s size and ability to both run-stop and pass-rush.
Oregon DE/OLB Dion Jordan – 49ers OLB Aldon Smith
Jordan’s athleticism and body type make Brooks think he could have a similar impact to Aldon Smith as both a pass-rusher and setting the edge as a run-stopper.
Florida DT Sharrif Floyd – Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson
Floyd’s versatility within a 4-3 scheme and high motor playing style draws comparison to Wilkerson. Similarly, Floyd could play tackle in a 4-3 and end in a 3-4 without sacrificing impact.
Georgia ILB Alec Ogletree – Panthers OLB Thomas Davis
Ogletree has prototypical size and has played safety in his career–similarly to Davis. Brooks cites Davis’ athleticism and ability to cover and stuff the run as making the comparison valid.
SMU DE Margus Hunt – Texans DE J.J. Watt
Brooks is impressed with Hunt’s speed and strength combined with large size, comparing him to J.J. Watt. With a similar ability to knock down passes while dominating blockers, Hunt likely won’t make the same impact immediately, but the tools are there to be a dominant lineman.
Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson – Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck (ex-Seahawk/Titan)
Brooks likes Wilson’s toughness and perseverance–combined with stout mechanics–as a comparison to Hasselbeck. He won’t be flashy, but he could have a very solid career ahead of him.
Washington CB Desmond Trufant – Packers CB Tramon Williams
Brother to older siblings Marcus and Isaiah, Brooks likes his polish and compares his stature and playing style to Williams–while also stating his speed while give Trumant an edge over Williams.
Florida St. CB Xavier Rhodes – Seahawks CB Brandon Browner
Rhodes’ press and physical style makes him a good comparison to Browner, even if he’s a big smaller. With tough run-stopping and an ability to play both man and zone, Brooks believes Rhodes could succeed much like Browner has.
Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib – Tennessee QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (ex-Bills)
Brooks calls Nassib a “diamond in the rough” who has gone under the radar throughout his career. His decision making and intangibles make Brooks think of Fitzpatrick (in a good way).
Alabama CB Dee Milliner – 49ers CB Carlos Rogers
Milliner’s high draft value due to size and instincts while playing in the SEC draw comparisons from Brooks to Rogers–similar dimensions and similar playing style. Brooks does say Milliner could make an impact quicker than Rogers.
Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore – Dolphins DE Cameron Wake
A stand-out SEC talent, Brooks compares his rush style to Wake due to size, speed and tenacity on the field. While Wake took a round-about route to the NFL, Moore will likely go in the first-round.
Notre Dame ILB Manti Te’o – Philadelphia LB DeMeco Ryans (ex-Texans)
The now-infamous Lennay Kekua incident aside, Brooks believes that Te’o will likely still make a good middle ‘backer in the NFL. To this point, Brooks compares Te’o’s productive tendencies to Ryans in both on-field tendencies and ability to overcome athletic deficiencies on the field.
There are a few more videos, which are all worth a watch.